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My Soul to Take (REVIEW)

My Soul to Take will make you scream.

It's not every day that one has to witness the decline of a legend, but this weekend, with the release of "My Soul to Take," we are all witness to the decline of iconic director Wes Craven. A sloppy, mess of a film, "My Soul to Take" finds Craven at his absolute worst. Unbearable teenage dialogue, throw away characters, and over-baked killers -- it's the perfect storm of Craven's previous bad habits in one disastrous film. Though this train wreck has been telegraphed since at least the second "Scream" film, that doesn't make it any less disappointing or dispiriting.

Horror Headlines: Thursday October 7th, 2010

"The Loved Ones" hits Australian theaters on November 4th and today we've got some new TV spots for you to take a look at. By all accounts this movie looks awesome, who doesn't love a cute girl going around 'effing people up? Well the people she's doing it to probably, but that goes without saying. I hate when you question me.

Here's some new clips from Wes Craven's "My Soul to Take" and the kids are just adorable. It's almost getting to the point that I'm going to feel like a creepy old man when I go to see this. Almost...

In Real People News: 

Someone is actually going to pay $100,000 for the world's largest book? I have to sleep in a bathtub at Horror Hound Weekend and Schnaars is dropping that kind of loot on a book?

On this day in history: 

1985 - Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard.

Horror Headlines: Monday July 26th, 2010

Elizabeth Shue continues to mount her comeback using the horror genre as she signs on to "The House at the End of the Street" directed by Mark Tonderai.

The Matt Reeves remake of "Let Me In" is on the move as Overture Films sells off the marketing and distribution rights to Relativity Media. Despite Overture's semi successful releases with "Pandorum" and "The Crazies", the company will be closing its doors after three years.

Wes Craven is dipping his toes into the comic market as he partners with Liquid Comics for an undisclosed graphic novel project.

In Real People News: 

In a burst of heated nerd passion, two Comic Con attendees fought this past weekend over a seat in the conventions Hall H, resulting in one man stabbing the other in the eye with a pen. And here I thought a stabbing at comic con would likely be over a booth babe... guess I was wrong.

19 ravers die and over 340 of them were injured as Germany's annual Love Parade Rave turns into a stampede. What caused the stampede is yet unknown, but I'm guessing it wasn't "love".

On this day in history: 

1991 - Actor Paul Reubens (aka "Pee-wee Herman") is arrested in Sarasota, Florida for masturbating twice inside the South Trail XXX Cinema.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday June 29th, 2010

Hey there horror fans, it's your Editor-in-Chief Eric here, back on the newsdesk after what seems like forever. Let's see if I can shake the rust off...

Your latest "Fright Night" remake news, straight from McLovin's mouth. It will be rated R. Man, that was exciting, wasn't it?

Wes Craven seems to have been attending the Rob Zombie school of marketing your movie in the 21st century. Or at least I assume so, based on the flood of BTS video and pictures hitting the internet since the film started shooting... YESTERDAY. I don't think I can handle this every day leading up to the projected 2011 release date.

Neil Marshal talks about his next project after "Centurion". Something something something, "bodies exploding", "3D", "produced by Sam Raimi". That's the gist, anyway.

In Real People News: 

So a Twilight fan (need I go on?) is suing the theater owner who had her arrested for taping part of her favorite vampire movie on a personal camcorder. Her defense? She was recording her sister's birthday party to save the memory. Oh, and she may or may not have recorded an additional 25 seconds to capture "her favorite actor tak(ing) his shirt off." Of the list of people she should be suing for causing her embarrassment, I'd probably put both Stephanie Meyer and "herself" on the list before the theater owner, but sadly, it's not my call.

I want a few sips of whatever Jenna Busch is on during this "Today Show" segment. Everyone else is just chalking it up to her being stupid since, as we all know, genetics are not her friend. I on the other hand am giving her the benefit of the doubt by calling her a drunk. Either way, not good.

A beautiful, hand-crafted, century old, unfortunately decorated quilt donated to local museum. Family not surprisingly unavailable for comment.

This story about a woman who passed out in her own vomit after huffing dust remover is still less depressing than the Twilight story.

On this day in history: 

1967 - Actress Jayne Mansfield is decapitated in a car crash, when her convertible collides with a parked tractor-trailer. To downplay the gruesome death, sources spread the falsehood that only her wig flew off in the accident.

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Horror Headlines: Monday May 4th, 2010

With talks of "Scream IV" and the release of the all new "Nightmare on Elm Street", Wes Craven is on a lot of people's minds. The latest rumors say that there is a remake in the works for Craven's "Deadly Friend". Though still in the preliminary stages, the word is that Warner Brothers will be shooting for 3D on the film as well.

Hollywood carries on the status quo as there is even more remake news about. The next horror oldie on deck? George Romero's semi-realistic vampire tale, "Martin". Lending a small bit of legitimacy to the rumor, the film is said to be produced by original Romero backer Richard P. Rubinstein.

Horror author John Skipp plans to step into the directors chair as he announces plans for his first film, a 3D horror comedy entitled "Rose".

Stephen King has another project in the works with his hetero life partner; director Mick Garris, afour hour mini-series event of King's "Bag of Bones".

Adam McKay spills the beans on an upcoming project titled "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters", produced by McKay and directed by "Dead Snow" helmer Tommy Wirkola. Set 15 years after the pairs escape from the wicked witch, McKay promises that the movie will be a Sam Raimi style shocker with steam punk elements. Most frightening of all; they've already offered roles to many members of the "Twilight" cast.

While not yet attached to any project that we know of, this Rick Baker take on Popeye will blow your mind.

In Real People News: 

A Puerto Rican man heads to court to fend off child pornography charges after authorities found a questionable video in his baggage. Despite a health official swearing that the girl in the video could be no more than 12 years old, Porn Star Lupe Fuentes, also known as "Little Lupe", showed up at the hearing to prove that she was in fact, legal.

A 16 year old boy loses a hand when an explosion tears apart his bedroom. Though there are no details on what caused the incident, your mother reminds you once again that you'll go blind if you keep looking at that stuff.

On this day in history: 

1970 - 28 Ohio National Guardsmen kill four students and wound nine others at Kent State University.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday March 24th, 2010

Wes Craven is a busy man this month! Rogue Pictures has announced that they will release his next film "My Soul to Take" on October 29th. Here's hoping that grand master Wes can give us horror fans a better Halloween treat than 'Yet Another Saw Movie'.

Lars von Trier has let it be known that he will next be visiting the end of the world with his apocalyptic thriller "Melancholia". Few details are certain at this time but early rumors claim that the movie will involve Earth colliding with another planet. So far, there has been no mention on whether or no Willem Dafoe's penis will make an appearance or not.

"Alice in Wonderland" scribe Linda Wolverton is working on a live action "Maleficent" screen play. If you're currently scratching your head, Maleficent is the evil queen from Disney's 1956 classic "Sleeping Beauty". Even stranger, Tim Burton is said to have taken keen interest in the project and may be lining up to direct.

After finally un-wedging his bulk from the seats of Soutwest Air, Kevin Smith lets it be known via his twitter account that they are finally ready to begin on "Red State". From Smith, "Looks like we start shooting this July. Took nearly three years, but we're finally ready to roll on Red".

In Real People News: 

A 62 year old Hong Kong man was fed up with life, and poor health decided to take his life in what he claimed were the ancient ways of his ancestors; by shoving a large zucchini into his rectum. His daughter was surprised when she came home to find him writing in pain on the floor, bleeding from the anus.

Cheaters never win and sore losers are never fun. Sometimes, people are just better than you. Frustrated after getting 'pwned' in Counter Strike at a local net cafe, a swearing gamer stabbed his 17 year old opponent in the head with a large kitchen knife when he suspected the 17 year old was cheating. "IM IN UR BASE, STABBIN UR DOODS"

On this day in history: 

1973 - Lou Reed is bitten in the ass by a rabid fan while onstage in Buffalo.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday March 23rd, 2010

In case you were worried about it, you can stop; "Scream IV" is now official and Wes Craven is coming along with it. Screen Gems has greenlit the project aiming for an April 12, 2011 release date. There's no word yet on if Jamie Kennedy is coming back or not, unfortunately.

Classic horror mag "Famous Monsters of Film Land" is coming back! Around for decades in the past, the magazine should be a welcome sight on news stands everywhere.

Straight from the 'does anyone still care' news desk comes word from actor Ray Wise that a script for "Jeepers Creepers 3" has now been finalized.

In Real People News: 

New Orleans police have been called in to the house of MTV's next season of "The Real World: New Orleans". In a fit of anger, one cast member urinated on another cast member's tooth brush and used it to clean the toilet, causing them to become quite ill.

When Tamie Melehan murdered her boyfriend this past Christmas, she made sure to text her friends and family to see if they would like to help her eat the body. After showing such exemplary manners, she some how decided to plead insanity this week at the start of her trial.

On this day in history: 

1997 - The Heaven's gate suicides leave 39 dead, all wearing NIKE shoes.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday February 24th, 2010

There's been a lot of talk about "Scream IV" as of late but according to Wes Craven via his twitter, he still hasn't signed to direct the film. "I'm still in talks but nothing has been finalized." You'd think that would be high on the list of things to get done when they started discussing a fourth film with him.

Starting this weekend, you'll have a new place to find some horror on your cable dial. MTV will start a weekly horror block every Saturday night at 10pm. The new programming kicks off this weekend with "Land of the Dead" which will be followed by "The Hills Have Eyes" remake, "The House of the Devil" and more.

In case you've forgotten, Rob Zombie has directed an episode of "CSI: Miami" which will be airing soon. In a recent interview, the director showed off a new trailer for the episode and made comments that he's not sure how much TV he will direct since he's geared more towards movies. In Rob Zombie interview speak, that means he'll be directing an entire season of "CSI: Rednecks" by next fall.

In Real People News: 

Scottish beer maestros "BrewDog" have released a new beer with 32% alcohol content named Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

Portsmouth police were called on site when two crackheads begin beating the crap out of each other over who gets to smoke the largest rock. In what can only be described as a 'special finishing move', when police arrived one of the smokers was found to have all of his colostomy bags pulled out as well.

On this day in history: 

1921 - Abe Vigoda's birthday. Not dead yet!

Horror Headlines: Monday February 22nd, 2010

Wes Craven has announced that "Scream IV" will start shooting this coming May. He also let us know that he plans on directing until he drops dead. This is what people in the business call 'foreshadowing'.

Aussie director Mark Hartley, who previously brought you the documentary "Beyond Hollywood: The Wild Untold Story of Ozploitation" is a busy man these days. He's already pitching his next documentary on scream queens entitled "Machete Maidens Unleashed" as well as announced his plans to direct a remake of 1978's "Patrick".

In Real People News: 

Swiss prostitutes are now being trained to use on-site defibrillators due to a rash of senior aged customers having heart attacks and dying on site. Which reminds me, I need to see my doctor before heading over there.

An Arcadia couple had a mind for some romantic car action on a secluded boat ramp until their plans were foiled by their car rolling into the water and floating down stream. The 41 year old man manged to swim to safety while his 67 year old girlfriend drowned in the accident.

On this day in history: 

1987 - Andy Warhol dies of complications after gallbladder surgery.

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